St. George

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St. George Utah LDS (Mormon) Temple

St. George is a city located in southwestern Utah, on the Utah-Arizona border, known regionally as Utah's Dixie (a nickname given to the area for it's warm southern Utah climate which was historically used to grow cotton by early settlers). The city is nestled in a scenic valley of desert vistas in the northeastern Mojave Desert, adjacent to the majestic Pine Valley Mountains. St. George has seen unprecedented growth and has become well-known for its spectacular scenery, proximity to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park; a growing arts and cultural flare; year-round golf, recreation, mild climate of over 300 sunny days a year, internationally known events and a major southwestern retirement destination. In the 1990s, the city was dubbed Utah's Palm Springs as retirees were flocking here. Today, however, St. George is growing into a diverse city of all walks of life, with a current city population of over 80,000 and metropolitan area of nearly 156,000. For locals and visitors alike, from the avid outdoor enthusiast to the more cosmopolitan type, the area offers everything from 'A to Zion'.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

St. George is on Interstate 15, which travels southwest through Las Vegas, Nevada and into Southern California, and north through Salt Lake City into Idaho and Montana. Access from Denver, the Midwest and the east coast can be achieved by Interstate 70, 2 hours to the north via I-15. Access from Phoenix and Albuquerque, New Mexico can be achieved by Interstate 10 and Interstate 40, about 2 hours to the southwest via I-15 and US Route 93.

There are a few rental car places at the airport, and an Enterprise at 652 E. St. George Blvd, 1 435 634-1556.

The St. George area is served directly by exits 2 (Southern Pkwy.), 4 (Brigham Road), 5 (Dixie Drive), 6 (Bluff Street), 8 (St. George Blvd), 10 (Green Springs Dr.) and 13 (Washington Pkwy). Note: Bluff Street and St. George Blvd make up the downtown I-15 business loop where the bulk of lodging and services can be found.

By plane[edit]

The 1 St. George Regional Airport (SGU) is served by Skywest Airlines, +1 435 634-3000, operating as Delta Connection with flights to and from Salt Lake City and Denver as of June 2016. Reservations can be made at Delta.com, or by phone at 800-221-1212.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is the nearest international airport. The drive from Las Vegas to St. George takes approximately 1.5 hours via I-15.

As of October 24, 2011, the St. George Regional Airport opened and allows for aircraft up to 737s. There are daily flights to/from Salt Lake City (on Delta) and Denver (on United).

Hertz, Avis, National, and Budget rental car companies have counters at the airport.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound serves St. George, stopping at the McDonalds at 1235 S Bluff, (corner of S. Bluff and Main Streets) just off I-15 exit 6.

There are also a few shuttle/bus companies serving St. George. St George Shuttle and Aztec Shuttle operates van service to Las Vegas International Airport and Salt Lake City. St George Express operates a shuttle to and from McCarran Las Vegas Airport (pick up at Level 0) and drops off at Howard Johnson Inn in St. George.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

St. George, like all cities in Utah, follows a well-defined grid system that makes it easy to get around and find your destination. For example, let's take the address 650 South 300 East. Each hundred represents one block radiating out from the center point at Tabernacle Street (running east-west) and Main Street (running north-south). To find 650 South 300 East, starting from the intersection of Main and Tabernacle, you would drive 3 blocks to the east, then just over 6 blocks to the south. Keep in mind that St. George Boulevard, a major east-west artery, takes the place of 100 North.

While the grid system in the heart of town is well-defined, it can be become difficult to follow in the outlying areas and new subdivisions on the outskirts of the city. While in some cases the addresses will still follow the grid pattern, the blocks will become smaller and more irregularly spaced, and there will be more streets that don't follow the grid system at all.

By bus[edit]

SunTran is St George's public transit system, with over 140 bus stops and six fixed routes serving St. George and Ivins.

By bicycle, et al.[edit]

St. George also has a good urban trail network offering some very scenic routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and skaters.

See[edit]

Brigham Young Winter Home
  • 1 St. George Utah Temple490 South 300 East +1 435 673-5181. Daily, 9AM-9PM. This beautiful, white temple is the oldest continually-used temple of the LDS Church, and it is a dominating landmark of the town. You can't enter the temple itself (unless you're a "worthy" Mormon) but you can enter the visitors center and tour the grounds. Free.
  • Downtown Historic District. Centered around the intersection of St. George Boulevard and Main Street. Most of the town's preserved historic structures are here, as well as some shops and inns. Notable landmarks include the Old Pioneer Courthouse, Opera House, the Old Dixie Academy, and a number of historic homes and storefronts.
    • 2 Brigham Young Winter Home67 West 200 North. Daily, 9AM-6PM (closes at 5PM in winter). Brigham Young, the touted Mormon leader who was instrumental in the settling of Utah, spent many of his winters here. Free.
    • 3 St. George Tabernacle18 South Main St (corner of Main and Tabernacle). Daily, 9AM-6PM (closes at 5PM in winter). The Tabernacle was once considered the center of town, and was often used as a meeting hall. The pointed clock tower makes this building a landmark in the district. Free.
    • 4 McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer Museum145 North 100 East +1 435 682-7274. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Operated by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers society, this museum has a lot of items from the pioneer era. Free.
  • 5 St. George Art Museum47 East 200 North +1 435 627-4525. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Permanent exhibits with artworks from Utah artists and changing exhibits. $3 adults, $1 children, children under age 3 free.
  • 6 St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site2180 East Riverside +1 435 574-3466. M-Sa 10AM-6PM. In 2000, some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world were found on a farm here, and since then a museum has been built around it where you can observe the dino tracks and fossil replicas. $3 adults, $2 children, children under 4 free.
  • 7 Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum1835 Convention Center Dr +1 435 656-0033. M Noon-9PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. A massive museum full of realistic replicas of wild animals in their "natural" habitat. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, children under 2 free.
  • 8 Tuacahn Amphitheater1100 Tuacahn Dr, Ivins. Beautiful setting in a with red rock canyon walls surrounding. In the summer you can see wonderful musicals.

Do[edit]

Hiking[edit]

  • Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve lies immediately North of Saint George. Popular for hiking and mountain biking. The 3 mile (round trip) Owen's Loop Trail begins only 5 blocks north of the old downtown and features a stunning ridge trail with great views. Free.

Golf[edit]

St. George is notable for its abundant golf opportunities, owing to the city's year-round warm climate. There are a number of golf courses to choose from:

Mountain biking[edit]

  • Bear Claw Poppy, Easy, short ride.
  • Green Valley Raceway, Home to many local races.
  • Gooseberry Mesa North and South Rim, A must do! Slickrock coupled with singletrack.
  • Paradise Canyon Loop, A quick fun ride.
  • Hurricane Cliffs Trail System, Excellent singletrack.
  • Stucki Springs Trail, Fun trail close to town.
  • Broken Mesa Rim Trail, Technical trail in the desert reserve.
  • Church Rocks Loop with Prospector, A popular trail, especially in the winter.

Events[edit]

Buy[edit]

1 Red Cliffs Mall is the only indoor shopping mall between Las Vegas and the Wasatch Front, it's anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Dillards and Barnes and Noble as well as over 65 retailers located on Red Cliffs Drive at the underpass between I-15 exits 8 and 10. 2 The Outlets at Zion / Promenade at Red Cliffs offering a variety of local and national retailers and restaurants. Both shopping centers are on Red Cliffs Drive across the street from each other, just north of the St. George Boulevard exit. 3 Red Rock Commons / Rimrock Center major stores: Dick's Sporting Goods, ULTA, Old Navy, GAP, TJ Maxx, Target, ROSS and Lowe's. Both shopping centers located on River Road about two blocks apart, just south of the St. George Boulevard exit. 4 Cottonmill I & II major stores: Kohl's, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart Supercenter and Home Depot. Located on Telegraph Street at Green Springs Drive, just south of the Green Springs exit.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Bear Paw Coffee Co75 N Main St +1 435 634-0126. Place serves excellent fresh breakfast dishes all day.
  • 2 Brick Oven Pizza1410 E St George Blvd +1 435 628-5800. Great pizza, bread sticks, etc.
  • 3 Cafe Rio Mexican Grill15 S River Rd +1 435 656-0200.
  • 4 Nielsen Frozen Custard445 E St George Blvd +1 435-628-5579. Great ice cream like frozen custard.
  • 5 Painted Pony2 W Saint George Blvd +1 435 634-1700. M-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Fine dining restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Steak and seafood are the specialties, and there is a good wine list. $8-$10 lunch, $18-$30 dinner.
  • 6 Pancho & Lefty's1050 S Bluff St +1 435 628-4772. Great Mexican food and an overall good clean place to eat.
  • 7 Peppers Cantina144 West Brigham Rd +1 435 628-4660. Great Mexican food with wonderful flavor.
  • 8 Pizza Factory2 W St. George Blvd +1 435 628-1234. Pizza restaurant. Downstairs is a sister restaurant, The Pasta Factory, which has a patio dining area. The food is very good and reasonably priced.
  • TwentyFive Main25 North Main Street +1 435 628-7110, e-mail: . Monday - Thursday 8am - 9pm Friday & Saturday 8am - 10pm. Gourmet café & cupcake parlor also serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. Free Wi-Fi. $.
  • Jazzy's Rock N Roll Grill (Jazzy Java or Jazzy's), 285 North Bluff +1 435 688 9459. Eclectic old urban atmosphere. Live music. Amazing food. Fine beers and java

Drink[edit]

  • 1 [dead link]Iggy's Sports Grill148 S 1470 E +1 435 673-3344. Good food and good drink in loud atmosphere.
  • The Office Lounge1731 S Convention Center (Hilton Hotel) +1 435 634 4100. Bar in the Hilton Garden Inn. Utah no longer has the private club law.
  • The One and Only800 E St George Blvd +1 435 673 9191. Hometown beer bar.
  • Poncho and Lefty's1050 S Bluff +1 435 628 4772. Mexican food and cozy little bar.
  • Wing Nutz15 South River Rd Ste. 330 (Red Rock Commons) +1 435 628 6889. Sports Bar and wing location. Open till 1AM on weekends.
  • The Firehouse Bar1746 W Sunset Blvd +1 435 674 4455. Beer bar with live music/concerts, small dance floor. Next door to bowling alley/arcade
  • Jazzy's Rock N Roll Grill (Jazzy Java or Jazzy's), 285 North Bluff +1 435 688 9469. Eclectic urban atmosphere. Live music. Amazing food, fine beers and lattes.
  • Bout Time Pub n Grub929 W Sunset Blvd (Phoenix Plaza) +1 435 673 3607. Sports bar and grubbin' food
  • Players Sports Bar and Grill1688 S Convention Center Dr. +1 435 634 9211. Full bar, good food and fun
  • George's Corner2 W St George Blvd (corner of Main & SG Blvd) Ancestor Square +1 435 216 7311. Full bar, live music, billiards and delicious food
  • St. Helens Restaurant and Sports Bar395 East Telegraph in Washington, just east of St George +1 435 652 8487. One of the few original spots in town with mouth watering, old fashioned cafe style food, bar and live music

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Zion National Park, the most popular National Park in Utah.
  • Snow Canyon State Park, a must-visit gem in this corner of the Mojave...in St. George's backyard.
  • Hurricane, small town with hot springs sometimes open to the public, near Silver Reef ghost town
  • Colorado City unique polygamist community on Utah-Arizona border
  • Mesquite Golf, gamble, get away in St. George's favorite place to let loose


Routes through St. George
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